The Western Canadian Baseball League, (WCBL) that includes the Okotoks Dawgs, has announced they won't have teams on the diamonds at the end of May.
Late last week, the league's board of directors agreed to delay the start of the season until the end of June, possibily early July. They are looking to extend their season through September's Labour Day Weekend.
“Although the circumstances are not moving quickly enough at present in our favour, we want to look at all options in order to play this year,” WCBL president Kevin Kvame states in a press release, adding that even with a month of leeway, the late May start is now unfeasible.
“At the same time, however, we express that with ever-changing dynamic and circumstances on this pandemic and the measures needed to curtail it, we still want to maintain hope that a partial season can be played.”
“We know our talented players want to play and we know communities are looking for positive, family-friendly activities to return. We’re embracing that role, whenever the green light is turned on,” says Kvame.
Meanwhile, renovation to Okotoks' Seaman Stadium continues. A visitor clubhouse, new patio, and seating area are expected to be completed by the end of May.
The WCBL is a premier summer collegiate league with teams in Edmonton, Lethbridge, Okotoks, Medicine Hat, Brooks, Fort McMurray, Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Regina, Melville, Yorkton, and Weyburn.
Its roster includes Airdrie' Evan Wilde, and has included Cochrane area players in the past.